Yeah I know, we have talked about this guy before and I've been kinda up or down on him. So again, I watched him in the playoffs and have seen some new stats from the MIT conference (someone else put these up, thanks).
So, the guy is a legit rim protector and people talk about him as a "high energy guy". I haven't seen him play a LOT but George Karl started him last night and he played really, really well. Had like 3 blocks in the first quarter and got some nice points. He got pulled as GS played small and isn't exactly attacking the rim.
So great, a high energy shot blocker. That doesn't define defense. Well I put up a post with some advanced stats but people were quick to point out that D% rating is flawed (I did have like 10 other stats though regarding offense, rebounding etc). Someone put up the link below to an MIT (smart guys) Analytics conference based on defense. I looked it up and lo and behold....there is JaVale at the 11th spot more or less in their ratings. The study was about metrics regarding the best interior defenders.
So, there is no perfect option out there. I mean we all have seen Dwights melt down. Javale isn't cheap but few are. He is 11mil a year for the next 3 years (i think) and 25yrs old. There is some decent evidence that supports him as being a legit rim protector. Now I think Asik is a better rebounder but I would never call him a legit rim protector. Maybe JM is worth it?
Highlights of a nice game he had in the playoffs last year:
From the comments (thanks Wilson7117): A nice article on his improved defense with video analysis.